For a year that has been spent mostly indoors, baking various revamped banana breads, quizzing virtually with friends, spurring across sweeping vistas in Red Dead Redemption 2 (I was late to the game, literally) and, of course, writing short stories, time certainly seems to be going fast. Here's what I've been up to recently. MY … Continue reading My Second Short Story
The question I'm most often asked when I tell someone about my writing is "So when will it be ready?" It's a fair question, though it smacks of a misconception: that writing a story is as simple as putting down one word at a time until you have enough. It suggests, among a thousand other … Continue reading After The First Draft: What Happens Next?
As the title suggests, I discovered more than five things writing the first draft of my short story. No, I didn't discover these later on. As with the original intention for the Hobbit films, it made sense to split the post in two. 1. PLANNING SHOULD BE ORGANIC "No matter how much planning you do … Continue reading 5 MORE Things I Discovered Writing the First Draft of my Short Story
At the start of the year I set aside my novel to focus on writing short stories*. This decision was based on a three-pronged approach: To complete the process start-to-finish on a micro level To prove to myself that I can do this To aid world building I've now finished the first draft of my … Continue reading 5 Things I Discovered Writing the First Draft of my Short Story
The idea for my first short story came to me in December, during an Alter Bridge concert at the O2 that I was attending with my dad and a close friend. A weird time for inspiration to strike, I know. Ghost of Days Gone By had just started pummelling my eardrums when, out of nowhere, … Continue reading My First Short Story
Let me take you back to last December and the decision I made. Over the Christmas break I decided I would start 2020 by shifting my writing focus away from my novel and towards short stories. Having spent so long writing the novel, the idea of taking some time away from it was appealing. In … Continue reading New Year, New Stories